June 06, 2019 08:42 PM


The Punjab Cabinet on Thursday approved the ‘Punjab Sports University Ordinance 2019’, paving the way for the establishment of the university in Patiala.

A Cabinet Memorandum to this effect was presented by the Sports and Youth Services department for the consideration of Cabinet, which met here under the chairmanship of Captain Amarinder Singh.

With the sole aim of making Punjab a sporting power, the proposed institution would focus on education, training and research in areas related to sports based on high standard infrastructure, besides offering professional and academic leadership to other institutions in the field of physical education and sports sciences.

According to an official spokesperson, the state-of-the-art university would also serve as a Centre of excellence for the elite and other talented sportspersons of all sports and innovations to carry out, endorse and propagate research. It would also generate capabilities for the development of knowledge skills and competencies at various levels in the field of sports technology and high-performance training for all sports and games.

Notably, the Chief Minister had announced the decision to set up this university in the Vidhan Sabha in his speech on June 19, 2017. Subsequently, a steering committee had been set up under the chairmanship of Olympian and Member International Olympic Committee Randhir Singh to finalise the modalities to establish this sports educational institute of international eminence.

NEW MOHALI MEDICAL COLLEGE TO GET 994 POSTS, PUNJAB CABINET OKAYS POSTS TO BE FILLED UP IN PHASED MANNER: Cabinet approved the creation of 994 posts of teaching faculty, para-medical staff & MTW (Multi Task Workers) for the upcoming Government Medical College at Mohali, with an intake capacity of 100 MBBS seats.

The Cabinet took the decision, which would pave the way for commencement of academic sessions at the college from 2020-21. The creation of the posts was in conformity with the minimum requirements laid down by the Medical Council of India for ‘100 MBBS seats’.

Disclosing this, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that a proposal for 168 posts of Medical Teaching Faculty, 426 posts of Para-Medics and 400 posts of Class IV staff was earlier cleared by the Officers Committee headed by the Chief Secretary, as well as by the Finance Department. The posts would be filled up in a phased manner over a period of five years. The creation of these new posts would entail an additional financial burden of Rs. 25 crore in the first year, which would subsequently go up to Rs. 41 crore in the fifth year.

The State Government had already made available 14.01 acres land belonging to District Hospital, Punjab Health Systems Corporation and State Health Training Institute, besides additional land of 9.2 acres of Gram Panchayat, Jhujhar Nagar. This makes it a total of 23.21 acres for the establishment of the new Medical Institute (as per the norms, the minimum requirement for a new college with 100 seats is 20 acres).

Notably, the Government of India considered the Detailed Project Report (DPR) dated March 27, 2018 of the State Government, including the status of land and finally, and accorded its approval on June 21, 2018 to the proposal for setting of a new Medical College at an estimated cost of Rs. 189 crore, to be shared between the Central and the State Government in the ratio of 60:40.

It may be recalled that originally the cost of sharing pattern was 75:25 but due to inordinate delay by the previous government and as per new guidelines of NITI Ayog, GoI, the cost sharing pattern was changed to 60:40. The Government of India has already released Rs. 102 crore out of its share of Rs. 113 crores.

SETS UP 3-MEMBER COMMITTEE TO STUDY PRIVATE MEDICAL COLLEGES’ FEE STRUCTURE, RELATED ISSUES: Punjab Cabinet set up a three-member committee to study the problems and fee structure of private medical institutions and suggest ways to rationalize the same.

The committee consists of Health Minister Brahm Mohindra, Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal and Higher & Technical Education Minister Charanjit Singh Channi.

The cabinet took note of issue relating to high fee being charges from medical students by private institutions and directed the committee to study the matter in detail, along with other relevant concerns with regard to such institutions, which have cropped up in large numbers across the state in recent years.

During the cabinet meeting held today, Channi said that private universities should implement student and job reservation policies. The Chief Minister asked the committee to take note of the suggestion and share its views on the matter.

CABINET OKAYS 4-YEAR STRATEGIC ACTION PLAN TO SET SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENTS GOALS FOR STATE:   The Punjab Cabinet led by the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday gave in-principle approval for a Four Year Strategic Action Plan (4SAP) – 2019-23 and Annual Action Plan 2019-20 to set Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the state.

The action plan will also set the key performance parameters for Government officials for their integration into the development process of the state.It was also decided to approve their integration into the State Budgetary process.

Disclosing this here today, the official spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that these key parameters were in line with the United Nations 2030 Development agenda, which contains 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), comprehensively covering social, economic and environmental dimensions. Focussed on goals, targets and performance assessment of each department, these would be reflected in the Annual Performance Appraisal Reports of key personnel as per targets assigned to them.

The Cabinet also gave the green signal to the strategic action plans of Departments of Health and Family Welfare, Food & Civil Supplies, Forests & Wild Life and Animal Husbandry Dairy Development & Fisheries.

The SDGs and targets had been mapped to the Administrative Departments with each SDG assigned to one Nodal Department as one goal related to many departments. Besides, the state had also adopted the National Indicators Framework with implementing departments preparing the state specific indicators.

It may be recalled that in order to take up proper planning, implementation and monitoring of the progress of realization of the UN SDGs, the State Government had already constituted a Task Force headed by the Finance Minister, besides appointing a steering committee under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary.

GOVT APPROVES NEW MERGED ENTITY TO ENHANCE EMPLOYABILITY OF YOUTH: With a view to enhancing employability of youth in the state, the Punjab Cabinet has approved restructuring of the Department of Employment Generation & Training by merging the Punjab Skill Development Mission (PSDM) in it. The new merged entity would be renamed the Department of Employment Generation, Skill Development & Training.

This decision was taken at the Cabinet meeting chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday. Since skill development and training are necessary to enhance employability of unemployed youth, it was felt that both the Punjab Ghar Ghar Rozgar and Karobar Mission and the Punjab Skill Development Mission, which are currently functioning under two different departments, should be brought under one Department.

According to a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office, the task of skill development was now assigned to the Employment Generation & Training Department, thereby withdrawing it from the Technical Education & Industrial Training Department. This would bring synergy, oversight and effective coordination in the implementation of various employment generation and skill development schemes.

The restructured Department of Employment Generation, Skill Development & Training has also been mandated to facilitate employment opportunities, either by skill training or through career guidance and counselling. It will also facilitate placement for job seekers in government/private jobs/overseas employment and skill training as per the aptitude & skills of the job seekers.

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